Phlebotomy Admission Requirements

Phlebotomy students are admitted every fall and spring semester to the Helena-West Helena campus. Application must be made to the Phlebotomy program. Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Phlebotomy program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Fulfill all college admission requirements
  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Submit official high school transcript documenting graduation from high school or official Arkansas High School Diploma/GED certificate and official transcripts from all previously attended colleges to the Registrar’s Office and Phlebotomy Program Director.
  4. Document a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average in all courses taken at PCCUA.
  5. Provide SAT, ACT, or NG ACCUPLACER scores taken within the last 4 years that meet the minimum skill level in reading, math, and English or complete all required developmental courses prior to making application to the Phlebotomy program.
  6. Submit completed application to the Phlebotomy Program on the Helena-West Helena campus. The application must be received by the Phlebotomy Program Director on the Helena-West Helena campus by June 1st for fall admission or December 1st for spring admission.
  7. Students who speak English as a second language must also take the NG ACCUPLACER ESL Exam to prove proficiency in English. The following scores are required in each category.
    - Listening: A minimum score of 106
    - Reading: A minimum score of 116
    - WritePlacer ESL: A minimum score of 5
  8. Rare exception to the admission policy may be made by the Faculty Committee.

All students who meet minimum admission criteria will be accepted unless the number of qualified applicants exceeds space available. This means MEETING THE MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION OR TAKING COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE PLB TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE PLB PROGRAM. When the number of qualified applicants exceeds space available, the selection process will be implemented, and admission will become competitive.

Applicants not selected for admission and/or applicants who elect not to enroll in the phlebotomy class must repeat the application process that includes submitting a new application to the phlebotomy program.

Selection Process

  1. Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:
    - For applicants with college credit, quality points earned on courses taken at the colleges previously attended or
    - For applicants with high school credits only, quality points earned in high school for all completed science and math courses
  2. When two or more applicants have an equal number of total points, applicants will be admitted according to the date and time the application was received in the Medical Laboratory Technology office on the Helena-West Helena campus.
  3. Quality points for repeated courses will be determined by the most recent grade with 3 quality points subtracted for each repetition.
  4. Applicants initially not selected for admission will be placed on an alternate list in order of total quality points earned. Spaces that become available before the first day of fall classes will be filled from the alternate list.

Enrollment Process

During the enrollment process in the Phlebotomy program, the student must provide the following documents:

  1. Completed Health Statement
  2. Proof of immunization compliance
    - Current Td
    - Two (2) Varicella or positive titer
    - Two (2) MMR, if born after 1957 or positive titer
    - Initiation of Hepatitis B series or positive titer
  3. Proof of TB skin test within the last year
  4. Signed Communicable Disease Statement
  5. Current US Federal or State issued photo ID (driver’s license, military ID, passport)
  6. Proof of liability insurance
  7. Healthcare CPR

After Enrollment

  1. Proof of Influenza (flu) immunization is required by November 1st of the fall semester
  2. To comply with clinical affiliation agreements, every student must fulfil these expectations BEFORE attending orientation for affiliated clinical agencies:

    • Have a negative RT-PCR Test for COVID-19 within fourteen (14) days of the student’s scheduled orientation to the clinical facility 

    • Complete a PCCUA COVID-19 education seminar

    • Demonstrate correct donning and doffing of personal protective equipment

    • Demonstrate correct handwashing technique


    Any student who does NOT meet each expectation will NOT be allowed to attend clinical in an affiliated agency and may NOT be able to meet respective course requirements. This policy is effective for students enrolled in fall 2020 allied health and nursing courses until further notice.

    Any student testing positive for COVID-19 will follow PCCUA’s and the clinical agency’s protocol BEFORE being allowed to return to class and the clinical setting.